Pudelpointer won’t swim

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Re: Pudelpointer won’t swim

Postby hicntry » Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:34 am

People wait way too long before introducing pups to water. I put them in a kiddie pool at 4 weeks old to start them off. They swim better than they can walk at that age. Here is a pic of a 7 week old. Tail straight up and hasn't a care in the world. The password is "hunter if needed. They all are pretty comfortable in the water.
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Re: Pudelpointer won’t swim

Postby AverageGuy » Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:44 am

Helt, It is not how your pup starts, but how it finishes that is critical. Your pup will swim boldly in time. The pigeon will get it in the water if you choose to use it or more time and maturity in your pup (with warmer weather) will as well. Just avoid using any force which may well give the pup a negative experience with water at this stage. I am sure we will all look forward to hearing a progress report/success story on your pup.
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Re: Pudelpointer won’t swim

Postby daeion » Tue May 01, 2018 12:19 pm

Just this weekend I watched the pigeon in the water get a dog that had previously refused to swim, start swimming. If they really like birds they will eventually go for it. I had the same issue with my SM, wouldn't swim, and then one day it just clicked for her.
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Re: Pudelpointer won’t swim

Postby SMAbby » Tue May 01, 2018 7:51 pm

CZfan107 wrote:Try putting on waders and carry him out with you and let him swim back to shore!


Yeah,I wouldnt recommend this.....Lets think about this for a second?
1. You are lifting the pup up and carrying it, which most dogs find uncomfortable.
2. Your carrying said dog into something he doesnt want or is afraid of and dropping or pllacing him in this unwanted situation.
3. He immediately swims back to shore......you are conditioning him to want t0 swim to shore instead of the opposite....swimming out.

My thoughts

Strip down to your tighty whities and go for a swim with the dog. Float some cheese puffs or Cheerios out in the water if he is food motivated.
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Re: Pudelpointer won’t swim

Postby blue04 » Wed May 02, 2018 9:17 am

Find a creek that's not go too much current. A slightly deeper hole in the creek with almost no current at all is ideal. Take your dog for a walk there. When the pup is comfortable and having fun, wade to the other side of the creek. Most pups want to be with you and will eventually swim to follow you. It may take a few mins for the pup to get up the courage, but I've never seen one that wouldn't eventually take the plunge.

This works better if you have other dogs who swim that can go along with you.
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Re: Pudelpointer won’t swim

Postby hicntry » Wed May 02, 2018 9:39 am

blue04 wrote:Find a creek that's not go too much current. A slightly deeper hole in the creek with almost no current at all is ideal. Take your dog for a walk there. When the pup is comfortable and having fun, wade to the other side of the creek. Most pups want to be with you and will eventually swim to follow you. It may take a few mins for the pup to get up the courage, but I've never seen one that wouldn't eventually take the plunge.

This works better if you have other dogs who swim that can go along with you.


That is a sure fire method and the way I used to do it until the persistent state of drought and dry stream beds. Used to have to hide though because if the pups could see me they didn't have to cross to look for me.
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Re: Pudelpointer won’t swim

Postby blue04 » Wed May 02, 2018 10:27 pm

hicntry wrote: until the persistent state of drought and dry stream beds


You must live in California
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Re: Pudelpointer won’t swim

Postby hicntry » Thu May 03, 2018 8:51 am

blue04 wrote:
hicntry wrote: until the persistent state of drought and dry stream beds


You must live in California


Unfortunately yes.
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Re: Pudelpointer won’t swim

Postby hicntry » Fri May 04, 2018 10:09 am

Thinking back, in between the drought and using kiddie pools, I resorted to taking box fulls of pups to a lake not far from the house and swimming them. It was really hard keeping my mind on business because all the ladies just flocked to those pups.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v401/ ... 66copy.jpg

Four week old pups being introduced to water.
http://vidmg.photobucket.com/albums/v40 ... ombine.mp4
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